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Posted on: 05-15-2010

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>>caption:  RAMIREZ (R) WALKED OFF


    Tiger pitchers walked an even
dozen Boston batters over 12-INN,
but it was a bases-loaded walk by
Detroit's Ramon Santiago which
forced in the winning run with 2-out
in the B-12th to give the Tigs a 7-6
comeback win Saturday night.
    Detroit had trailed 6-1/Mid-5th before taking the gritty decision and winning
for the fourth time in six games on the current 9-game homestand.
    The meat of Detroit's line-up, the 3-4-5 hitters, went a combined 8-for-16
(.500-BA), led by rookie Brennan Boesch's first MLB career 4-hit game. Magglio
Ordonez, Miguel Cabrera and Boesch also combined for 6-R & 3-RBI. Ordonez
and Boesch both had basehits in the B-12th with Maggs scoring the winning
run on Santiago's free pass.
    David Ortiz continued to swing the hot bat for the BoSox to get a pair of
RBIs and Bill Hall homered for the second straight game for Boston.
    The Tigers survived the return of Wild Willis as Dontrelle D-Train threw
less than half of his pitches (40-of-86) for strikes and was the principal reason
Detroit had such a steep hill to climb in the comeback.
    The Red Sox wasted a good effort by starter Jon Lester, who tired late and
had his four game winning streak stopped, but struck-out 10 Tigers (one shy of
Lester's season high).  Until a 3-R/B-6th by Detroit, Lester had allowed only one
bssehit. Six BoSox hurlers combined to whiff 15 Bengals.    
    Willis walked a season-high seven including three in the T-3rd when Boston
broke into a 3-0 lead. When Willis  walked his seventh man in the T-4th, MGR Jim
Leyland yanked him. Willis would be charged  with 4-R/4-ER on 4-H & the 7-W in
his 3.1-IP.
    The first of the Tiger "Mohawks" to take the mound was Eddie Bonine, who went
3-IP to yield 2-R/2-ER on 3-H & 3-W. It's the first time since APR 11TH and just the
second time in 15 appearances this season Bonine has been charged with any runs.  
     Four more Detroit relievers combined for a scoreless 5.2-IP with closer Jose
Valverde needing just a dozen pitches in a 1-2-3/T-12th to earn his first Tiger
win (1-1).
    Big Papi poked an RBI-1B to short RField and then, with the bases loaded, J.D. Drew
drilled a 2-run ground rule double on a bounce into the CField evergreens to make it
3-0 visitors in the T-3rd.
    Scott Sizemore (farmed out after the game, see EXTRA INNINGS below) drew a lead-off
walk and scored all the way from 1Base on an RBI-2B to the RCField gap by next man up
Adam Everett to make it 3-1/B-3rd.  
    The Red Soxers got that run back in the T-4th when Bonine allowed a Willis inherited
runner to score on a 2-out, RBI-1B by Ortiz to score Marco Scutaro. However, on that
play Dustin Pedroia was thrown out at the plate to end the inning by Tiger LFielder
Casper Wells in Wells' big league debut.
    Adrian Beltre hit a lead-off double and Hall a 1-out 2rHR (#3) off Bonine to complete
the scoring for the Carmines to give Boston a 6-1/T-5th lead.
    The Bengals began to claw back in the B-6th when Ordonez and Cabrera hit back-to-back,
1-out singles and both scored on Boesch's 2r3B. Boesch then trotted home on a Brandon
Inge sac-fly for a 6-4 score.
    The Tigers tied with a pair of B -8th runs, but wasted a chance to win it in regulation
when three consecutive Bengals batters made outs after the first four Tigers reached
base off first Red Sox reliever Hideki Okajima. Ordonez hit a lead-off homerun (#5) to
the LField bullpen. Cabrera walked, Boesch singled and Inge hit an RBI-2B down the LField
line to plate Miggy for a 6-6 deadlock. Yet, with two runners in scoring position and none
out, Detroit couldn't tack on another tally as BoSox closer Jon Peppelbon came on to close
the inning with by getting Everett to foul-out to third.
    Each team had chances until Detroit pulled it out in the B-12th off three different
Boston bullpenners. Ordonez opened the frame with a single off Manny Delcarmen
(L, 1-2). Scott Schoeneweis came in with 1-out to surrender a single to Boeach. Ramon
Ramirez immediately replaced Schoeneweis and walked Inge to load the bases. Pinch-
hitter Alex Avila struck-out for the second out. Then Santiago, who'd entered the game
in the B-8th as a pinch-hitter, drew a 4-pitch walk off Ramirez to force Ordonez home
with the GWR.  
    Ordonez was 3-for-6, Cabrera 1-for-4 (plus 2-W) and Boesch 4-for-6 (a homer shy of the
cycle). The rest of the Tigers combined for only 2-H.
    Ortiz was 3-for-6 and Beltre 2-for-5 for Boston.
    Detroit's 12th comeback win this season ended a 5-game BoSox win streak at Comerica
    At 21-16 the Tigers moved within a game and a half of first place Minnesota in the AL-Central.

              BOS     6-9-0, 13-LOB      (L) Delcarmen, 1-2
12-INN...DET     7-10-1, 11-LOB     (W) Valverde, 1-1


TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:   "It was a great win...We hung in there...Just a very
nice, exciting win...I thought the bullpen did an excellent job."

TIGERS DH BRENNAN BOESCH:   "It's fun for me to contribute. Gosh, it's a good feelin'
...The team didn't quit...We compete to the end."

TIGERS 3B BRANDON INGE:   "It's always great to get a win like that, but especially
against a very competitive team like Boston. Coming back against them is a very
good sign."

R-SOX 1B KEVIN YOUKILIS:   "There's no way we should have lost that game. The good
thing is that we've got another game in 13 hours, so we won't have time to dwell on it."  


    The Tigers closed their clubhouse after the win to tell two players they were going
to the minor leagues. Starting 2Bman Sizemore and third rotation starter Max Scherzer,
both struggling, were optioned to 3A Toledo. Brought up from the Mud Hens were RHP
Armando Galarraga and INF Danny Worth. Galarraga was already scheduled for recall to
be Sunday's Tiger starting pitcher, but it was anticipated Wells (0-for-4 with 2-K in his
Saturday MLB debut) would be returned to Toledo to make room for Galarraga.
    Sizemore had slumped to a .206-BA with only 3-H in 34-AB (.059-BA) in May. Scherzer
(1-4, 7.29-ERA) had allowed 27-ER over his last four starts including 6-HR. Worth, drafted
as a SStop in 2007, has played all four infield spots in his three partial Toledo seasons.
The Pepperdine alum was hitting .274 for the Hens.
    Worth or Wells are likely candidates to go back to Toledo when DLed Carlos Guillen
(hamstring injury) comes off the injured list. Splitting time between LF and DH this year,
Guillen has been working out at 2Base and SStop the past two days will move to 2Base to
replace Sizemore long term.
    DLed Tigers RHP Zach Miner will miss the entire season. Out since spring training
with a right elbow strain, Miner sustained a partial tear of the elbow ligament Thursday
during a rehab appearance in Lakeland, FL. Miner will undergo surgery.
    Boesch had four hits off four diufferent pitchers including three leftys. (Boesch,
a LHanded batter, didn't get a start vs a southpaw until this week.) Boesch's triple
off Lester was the first three-bagger Lester has allowed to a LHanded hitter in four
    Ordonez hit his first homerun since April 17th. However, Maggs didn't get his 5th
dinger last season until July 21st. Ordonez had his second consecutive 3-H game.
    In a humorous moment to end the game, Ordonez scored, but had to point to 1Base
so Santiago would walk down and touch the bag to make the walkoff walk official. Santiago
had stayed at the plate to greet Ordionez home, not realizing he had to actually walk to
first on his walk.  
    Willis has a combined 17-K in his last three outings including five Saturday.
    Beltre is 8-for-10 in his big league career vs Willis.
    Boston's Kevin Youkilis was 0-for-1 in official trips to the plate, but received a career-
high five walks.
    Saturday's game took 4:35 to play and drew 40,742, the largest crowd at the CoPa
since this year's home opener (an all-time record of 45,010 on April 9TH).
    Galarraga (4-2 at Toledo) and Boston's John Lackey (4-1) are Sunday afternoon's probable
pitchers for the rubber game of the weekend series.


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